Valentine’s Day Cookies – Hand Iced and Decorated

Valentine's Day Cookies


Here are some fun Valentine’s Day cookies that are great as favors, classroom treats or boxed as gifts.

See more photos below the recipe!


Valentine’s Day Cookies


This recipe is one of my favorites to use with cookie cutters. The dough doesn’t spread during baking.

Cookie Ingredients

• 6 cups flour

• 3 tsp. baking powder

• 2 cups unsalted butter

• 2 cups sugar (white granulated)

• 2 eggs

• 2 tsp. vanilla extract, almond or desired flavoring

• 1 tsp. salt

Cookie Instructions


  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.
  2. Chill for 1 to 2 hours
  3. Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees F (176 C) for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3″ cookies.


Icing Ingredients

• 2 lbs of powedered sugar

• 1/3 cup light Karo corn syrup

• 1-2 TBS of clear vanilla and or clear almond extract (or some of both).

• milk or water to adjust consistency

Icing Instructions


  1. Mix powdered sugar, corn syrup and flavorings together at a low speed until thoroughly blended without any small pockets of powdered sugar.  Do not use high speed or you will end up with bubbles.
  2. For thicker icing to use for outlining or writing, add additional powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency.
  3. For thinner icing to fill in designs, add very small amounts of milk or water until you get the consistency you want.
  4. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a week, but should be room temperature again before using.

Add outline icings with parchment paper cones or icing bags with tiny tips.  Outline the design onto your cookie with the thick icing. Use thinner icing to fill in the design by either spooning small amount in and spreading around or using icing bags to squeeze out and spread around.

Once cookies are dry, use the thicker icing to draw on any additional designs or details you like.


Valentine's Day Cookies - Designs


Valentine's Day Cookies - Cookie Bouquet



  1. sandra davis says:

    these cookies look delicious…..thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. NO WAY you did these yourself!  Which bakery did you buy them from?

    • :) Before blogging, I used to have a little cookie and cookie bouquet business. Very little, lol.

  3. WOW! You have talent! Those are almost too beautiful to eat!

  4. Wow these are absolutely gorgeous!

  5. How cute! I have made heart shaped cookies before, but mine were not nearly as cute as yours.

    Deborah H. Bateman-Author
    Recipe for Life

  6. Beautiful!

  7. These cookies look amazing! I can’t even imagine myself as the artist. That’s why I skip the frosting. Just so scared of the mess I will make!!

  8. Wanda Tracey says:

    They are so pretty and so nicely decorated that I would feel guilty if I ate them.LOLYou are amazing.

  9. Unbelievably perfect!  I was searching for ideas on how to frost Valentine’s sugar cookies and came across yours.  They are gorgeous, but I don’t think I have the steady hand for these.  Must have taken you a long time.  They really are too pretty to eat.  These could be featured on the front of Martha Stewart Living!  No kidding!  I am so impressed.

    • Wow, thank you! That’s so sweet. :)

      I can’t draw a stick figure person to save my life, but writing slowly with icing is somehow possible, lol.

  10. Debby Chandler says:

    these cookies are just awesome looking. Yummers!

  11. Wow these cookies are gorgeous!! They almost look tooooo pretty to eat!! Yum sugar cookies are my favorite!!

  12. Oh my gosh these turned out beautiful!! YUM!


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